Meteorologist Chelsea Priest Talks About Our Warm Winter
This morning, we had ABC6 Meteorologist Chelsea Priest come on the Rock and Fox Show and give her insight as to where all the snow has been this winter.
Listen to the audio here:
Of course, it's been a mild winter, but it's also been one with low precipitation and minimal snowfall. It's been an incredibly mild and pretty dry winter.
"These things happen. It's not completely out of the ordinary where we have very dry years and we have very wet years," Chelsea said. "We all remember the blockbuster snow winter from 2014/2015 with crazy amounts of snow. Snowstorm after snowstorm after snowstorm, that was kind of the opposite end of what we're dealing with this year. March can be a wildcard, it was not last winter but the winter before every single week there was a snow event."
We asked Chelsea if a quiet December, January, February pattern sets up a quiet March? Or could it possibly set up a more active March?
"You know, I had an intern with me over the winter and we spent a lot of time researching this, and there's really not a surefire correlation either," she said. "A mild winter doesn't set up for a snowier or milder March, there doesn't seem to be any kind of connection either way."
The takeaway? Chelsea says "things always tend to balance out. You talk about El Nino and La Nina, they play into our winter season and that's always changing.
What about the rest of this winter? Long term, Chelsea doesn't see any snow on the horizon through mid-March. The bad news for kids who are looking for a snow day, but great news for kids who want summer vacation to start early.